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FlyNet news summary September 2015

The latest news from FlyNet:

* FlyNet apps discontinued; see the recommended apps

* New firmware for FlyNet XC1 and Flynet 3

* New user manuals

* Logfly now supported! 

Find out more >


Nova's new EN/LTF B certified lightweight wing, the MENTOR 4 LIGHT is perfect for vol bivouac, hike & fly and travellers looking for a fully-fledged wing with little weight.

The MENTOR 4 LIGHT offers the same performance as the MENTOR 4 combined with minimal weight. Weighing just 3.25 kilograms (size XXS) it has lost some pounds in comparison to its predecessor. This wing offers a unique package of performance, flying comfort and minimal weight.

The wing will be available from the end of September in the sizes XXS, XS, S and M. Order yours now!

Find out more about the MENTOR 4 LIGHT >

Niviuk IKUMA

Niviuk have designed a new wing to challenge their competitors in the XC Class (B+). Described as serene, precise and fun to fly with a sporty character, the Ikuma was engineered to enjoy and maximize every flight, offering stress free piloting that lets you concentrate on your adventure into the back country.

For cross country beginners and pilots with some experience of flying in thermals, this is definitely a wing to consider if you want to experience the renowned Niviuk handling. Available in October.

More information on the Ikuma >

Flytec news summary September 2015

Here's a summary of the latest news from Flytec:

  • Latest firmware update for Connect 1, Albatross 6: airspaces; multiple page flight app; zooming; USB processing info; new screens.

  • Albatross 7 preview.

  • Important notice about switching off the Connect 1.

  • Element firmware update available, Version 1.2.12: Waypoint import; Wind; Log file.

  • Connect 1 & Element IGCs accepted by UK PG XC League

  • How to fly a race with the Element (video)

  • Flytec Service Hotline

  • Flytec 6000 series no longer delivered with CD

  • Flytec stock overview

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Airspace crackdown - CAA on alert!

The CAA has announced that serious airspace infringements at six of the highest-risk controlled airspace (CAS) locations in the UK should be cut by 50 percent over the next 12 months.

The hot-spots identified are Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Southampton and Stansted. Working Teams at each location have agreed the targets and are committed to delivering the reductions, by improving existing procedures, by December 2015.

Should any of these targets not be met, options under consideration include the deployment of bespoke Surveillance Mandatory Zones (SMZ) to provide a conspicuity buffer around the Class D airspace of a hot-spot.

This could mandate the use of radios and/or transponders within that area and thus render it effectively closed to free fliers. Other potential solutions include rationalising airspace boundaries.

Through our self-policing inherent in the XC Leagues we (and the BGA) are the lowest source of infringements. Nevertheless it would be disastrous if one of our pilots were to be the tipping point that resulted in fresh CAS, particularly as we would be the ones most impacted by it.

(Posted by the BHPA on 18 August 2015)

Skywalk RANGE X-ALPS is available!

The harness of the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 is now available!

The RANGE X-ALPS was the most sought after harness of the Red Bull X-Alps 2015. Skywalk listened to the feedback of their team pilots and present the RANGE X-ALPS in a limited edition to the market with many small improvements for ambitious hike&fly pilots. 

The serial version of the original Red Bull X-Alps 2015 harness weights exactly 960 grams (excluding carabiners, protector, cockpit). With the optional LTF tested foam protector (380g), the total weight tops out at just over 1.3 kg. The RANGE X-ALPS is available in two sizes, both with LTF certification. 

More info: Skywalk RANGE X-ALPS

Advance LIGHTNESS 2 line kit

Some Advance LIGHTNESS 2 pilots have reported excessive wear of the lower speedbag lines. This wear occurs at the stainless steel line guide attached to the footboard. These lines encounter unexpected forces and friction. Dirt, sand and grit also appear to contribute. Advance offer a free retrofit kit which does away with the stainless steel fitting. 

Please check your LIGHTNESS 2 for excessive line wear. Should the lower speedbag lines look chafed, we recommend that you fit the retrofit kit. You can easily do this yourself. The retrofit kit can be obtained free of charge.

Contact Advance or your dealer.

Read the full safety note on the Advance website here >

More info on the Advance Lightness 2 >

Advance OMEGA XALPS orders & test flights

Following its double X-Alps success, production for the new lightweight high performer has begun. Following feedback from the race, small improvements to the design have been made to increase performance, damping and sink rate.

First deliveries are expected at the end of September.

You can order the OMEGA XALPS through Flybubble, or arrange a test flight, using the contact form on the Contact Us page of our website.

Order OMEGA XALPS from Flybubble here.

See OMEGA XALPS info here.

British Paragliding Cup winnners!

Congratulations to the pilots who placed well in the final round of the British Paragliding Cup! The Top 10 received a Flybubble gift voucher for use on http://shop.flybubble.com/

1 - David Thomson
2 - Chris Blanchard
3 - Tony Blacker
4 - Alan Ford
5 - Anthony Moore
6 - Simon Blake
7 - Carl Foster
8 - Adam Ladd
9 - John Murphy
10 - Brad Nicholas

For more about the event see the BPCup website

For the latest news and images see the BPCup facebook group  

(Pictured, Carl Foster)

Powered Paragliding Bible 4 in stock!

The new 4th edition of the Powered Paragliding Bible is now in stock.

The authoritative source on powered paragliding encompasses everything from first sight to first flight. It combines knowledge from top pilots and leading instructors.

Available now for £26.95 

Get Powered Paragliding Bible 4 >

A few copies of the previous edition are available at a reduced price.

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